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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation - the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and 800 Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon to Montana. There, only 40 miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the US military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." 

Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

©2005 Kent Nerburn (P)2018 Tantor

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A truly fascinating story about a very proud people. Tough subject matter that looks pourly upon the US Govt such as this, can be difficult to learn about. The other did a great job of presenting the facts and information without clouding it up in "Right or Wrong".
A great book, a must.

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A very informative novel.

A very informative novel. Increadible reading/listening. I saw elements on BOTH sides of the conflict in a new light. That was refreshing and I believe was due to the amazing level of research and effort that it is obvious went into this book.